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Study the stories of the past, and you’ll better understand the present—and be more adequately prepared for the future. As a history major at Northwestern, you’ll learn about people: where they’ve been, what they’ve done, how they think, and who they’ve influenced.

Academic programs

Northwestern history classes attract students from other majors who also want to learn about fascinating events and historical periods. Explore programs


Northwestern’s history professors are active scholars and relational mentors. Their doors—and even their homes—will be open to you and other students who think the past is a blast. Explore faculty

Study off campus

Northwestern offers history majors numerous internship and study abroad opportunities—from museum or public policy study in Washington, D.C., or Chicago to exploring ancient cultures around the globe.

Madison Bertman

Learning from the past

In addition to her history degree, Madison is earning a secondary education endorsement that will allow her to teach high school history.

Madison's story

Brody Van Roekel

History in the making

After graduating from Northwestern, Brody was accepted into Western Michigan University’s graduate program to study medieval history. With his sights set on a doctorate degree in history or theology, Brody hopes to secure a job as a professor or college ministry staff member.

Brody's story

Jenna Ripke

Special advocate

Jenna Ripke discovered her passion for social justice during her Spanish classes at Northwestern, and she now focuses her career on immigration law.

Jenna's story